Blog | Thursday, June 7, 2012

2 down, 4 to go


The best part of having NBME exams is that the questions are inherently more fair than an in-house-generated examination. When various individuals write questions, the variability in semantics, difficulty level and understandability [oh, you meant that?!] sometimes get called into question. And when you're sitting in limbo between passing and failing because of a couple of measly points, you can bet that you'll be sitting in the exam review session contesting every single question.

Despite the fact that the exam is more fair, most of us have no idea how we performed. The exam was 115 questions, so when I finally hit the submit button on my exam, my brain was fried [and the caffeine-rush had already worn off] so I was ready to book it out of that uncomfortable O'Dowd lecture hall seat. Plus, we had an Anatomy Practical just a few hours afterwards that I needed to study for.

Either way, what's done is done and I just have to keep looking forward and studying for the next thing. I feel calmer now that we don't have class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [only 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Synthesis] and we don't have any more days jammed with two exams. Plus, there are a number of fun end-of-the-year lunches/dinners scheduled for the upcoming week and end of next week--lots of little things to look forward to [and one huge thing: summer!].

I cannot believe that we are down to our last nine days of the first year. The year went by in a haze of studying, O'Dowd, getting to know my classmates and adjusting to being in a long distance relationship. I'll definitely be reflecting more on the year in the coming weeks.

If you're off enjoying summer please soak up some sun and adventure for me. If you're still in the midst of finals, good luck. If you don't fit into either of these broad school-based categories, then please enjoy this present chapter of your life. I'm quickly realizing that time is fleeting and we only live in each individual moment once.

Amanda Xi, ACP Medical Student Member, is a first-year medical student at the OUWB School of Medicine, charter class of 2015, in Rochester, Mich. She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering [Biomedical Engineering] and Master of Science in Engineering [Biomedical Engineering, again] from the University of Michigan. This post originally appeared at her blog, "And Thus, It Begins," which chronicles her journey through medical training from day 1 of medical school.